The New Zealand Silver Ferns have defeated the Australian Diamonds by two goals, taking the Constellation Cup Series to one-Test all.
The Diamonds started the game with a 6-1 lead, winning the first quarter 15 goals to 11, however they lacked consistency across 60 minutes and gave away ball with uncharacteristic errors.
“It is very disappointing in a number of aspects of the game, “ explained Lisa Alexander. “We took quite a while to get our intensity going through that game and we also just threw too many balls away.”
“It can’t be just the result of just one player being different in their (the Ferns) defence end, however we have to respect the opposition. They did bring what I would consider their A-game for that group tonight and that’s what happens.
“We didn’t adjust and we needed to show a little bit more confidence in each other and just let the ball go,” said Alexander.
The game was tied at 29-all leading into the main break, which saw Alexander make a number of changes. April Brandley was injected into goal defence, moving captain Clare McMeniman to wing defence. Gretel Tippett also replaced Natalie Medhurst at goal attack.
The second half saw the momentum swing between the two teams, neither grasping a strong hold on the game.
McMeniman identified “there was times when we went missing, there were times when we were particularly isolated and we know we are strongest as a unit, whether that be one-on-one or throwing in some variety.”
The Diamonds had a chance to clinch the game in the closing two minutes, but they let the opportunity slip by.
“That’s the thing at this level, the two teams are very close when they are playing their best so all of those little chinks need to be fixed and we will need to go back to the drawing board about how we play those last two minutes,” said Alexander.
NEW ZEALAND SILVER FERNS (53) defeated AUSTRALIAN DIAMONDS (51)
Australian Diamonds shooting statistics
Caitlin Bassett 40/43 (93%)
Gretel Tippett 4/4 (100%)
Natalie Medhurst 7/9 (78%)
New Zealand Silver Ferns shooting statistics
Bailey Mes 32/34 (94%)
Amelieranne Ekenasio 4/4 (100%)
Te Paea Selby-Rickit 17/21 (81%)
Australia starting seven – GS: Caitlin Bassett, GA: Nat Medhurst, WA: Madi Robinson C: Kim Ravaillion, WD: Gabi Simpson, GD: Clare McMeniman, GK: Sharni Layton
New Zealand starting seven – GS: Bailey Mes, GA: Te Paea Selby-Rickit, WA: Grace Ramussen, C: Shannon Francois, WD: Laura Langman GD: Katrina Grant, GK: Anna Harrison
Match MVP: Grace Rasmussen (New Zealand)